Best Salsa Clubs in Philadelphia

Top Places in Philadelphia To Salsa the Night Away

Contrary to popular belief, Philadelphia isn't just all pop music and cheesesteaks. There are plenty of music options here int he city and for folks interested in a Latin-inspired experience, there are a variety of venues to choose from. Start your night with a delicious dining experience, follow it up with dessert and drinks, and then slide on your dancing shoes and salsa the night away at one of the many clubs here. Places like Brasil's or Cuba Libra offer folks the opportunity to spend the evening dining, drinking, dancing or all three. Many clubs and dance studios also offer free lessons from trained dancers so you can learn new moves, or freshen up your stand-by favorites. Don't let your salsa cravings go un-fed, as Philly has plenty of places to shake, shimmy and show your stuff. Start with a favorite place in your neighborhood or try a place somewhere new and salsa the night away.


Saturday nights are the night to hit up this eatery and nightlife venue should salsa music be your thing. Grab some food, enjoy a drink or two and then she and wiggle your way on to the dance floor for some salsa fun. Puerto Rican tapas and specialty foods keep patrons' hunger at bay, and a host of cocktails, wines and beers quench their thirst while the music plays. Salsa dancing commences on the large dance floor as the night progresses, and continues late into the night. Breezy and sophisticated atmosphere according to some, its a great place to come and dance.

Recommended for Salsa Clubs because: This casual, lively spot encourages folks with a passion for salsa music to get out and dance and enjoy the night.

Sharon's expert tip: No need to dress to impress here, just come to listen, dance and enjoy.

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Located just outside the city and delivering a viable option when it comes to nightly entertainment, Club 360 located in the Parx Casino is a great place to spend the evening with friends, family, coworkers, a date or to go to meet new friends. Depending on the night you visit, find DJ music or a live band to entertain you thought the length of your stay. Dancing is certainly encouraged. Like many other establishments offering salsa dancing, lessons are featured at the beginning of the night, and then dancing is offered. Come Thursday nights for the best in salsa and share in the fun.

Recommended for Salsa Clubs because: For fun with salsa music and dancing just outside the city, this establishment gets great grades.

Sharon's expert tip: Visit the rest of the casino for a fun night with a variety of entertainment options.

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Northeast Philly

For salsa music lovers, mark your calendars for Thursday nights at this Roosevelt Boulevard hotspot. This is when the dancing kicks up and folks are free to let loose and show off their best moves. This club also features merengue,bachata and reggeaton music to mix things up a bit. Feel the energy when you walk in and leave feeling like you were able to spin and twirl and dance as much or as little as you wanted. Recently updated with a new look and dance floor, this venue is a great option for folks in the Northeast to celebrate. Salsa lovers will certainly appreciate the opportunity to practice their favorite dance moves or simply sit back and enjoy the music here. Come and see for yourself.

Recommended for Salsa Clubs because: Thursday nights have never been more fun than when you frequent this venue.

Sharon's expert tip: When you're interested in a smaller venue with a nice vibe, hit this place up and salsa the night away.

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Northeast Philly

This is perhaps a little lesser-known Latin influenced club in the Philadelphia region, but one that is nonetheless just as entertaining and fun. Small, yet from what regulars say, it packs a big punch. Come here to get an authentic Latin club experience, complete with food, drinks and music. Patrons of all ages will feel at home here and many folks hold special events here to celebrate with friends, family, coworkers or this who are special to them. A great atmosphere for enjoying good company and a night on the dance floor, include this place in your next outing in town.

Recommended for Salsa Clubs because: When you're in the area and in the mood for a more intimate Latin dance experience, this venue fits the bill nicely.

Sharon's expert tip: Keep in touch with them for details on special events and other happenings at the club.

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Located downstairs at Rosa Blanca Diner, this bar promises to spice up Philadelphia's nightlife scene through a distinct Latino influence that can be felt in the food, the drink and the vibrant and fun atmosphere here. Come here to experience the Cuba that Hemingway loved and came back to so often. This Latin-inspired nightclub offers patrons the chance to relax and catch up with friends at the bar, grab something to eat or get up and shake what they've got on the dance floor. Sure to boost moods as a result of the uplifting and foot-tapping music, this place offers fun and entertainment Cuban style.

Recommended for Salsa Clubs because: For a change of pace or a taste of something different, this establishment offers a variety of music, munchies and more.

Sharon's expert tip: Try their Latin American and Spanish wines for a nice compliment to the atmosphere and the food.

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Vango was created to be unique. This venue boasts all custom made accouterments, as even the smallest details were taken into consideration when pulling together this one-of-a-kind establishment. Come here for music from talented DJs, enjoy drinks and dancing, or simply hang out at the popular rooftop deck for spectacular views of the city and skyline. The second floor is where the music and dancing are centered, and the third floor is home to Vango's fabulous year-round roof deck. It has an indoor patio and a lounge bar for those who prefer to cozy up to the fireplaces. This place has it all : private rooms for chilling, king size beds for lounging, a wide dance floor for kicking up your heels, drinks to enjoy, good company to mingle with and a sky to gaze upon.

Recommended for Salsa Clubs because: Free salsa lessons to prepare you for the great beats you'll hear are just one of the reasons this place is so fun.

Sharon's expert tip: Be sure to venture up to the third floor to take in the views, even if heights aren't your thing.

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Patrons are able to experience exquisite Caribbean cuisine,an enjoyable atmosphere, great music and a courteous staff at Reef Restaurant and Lounge. Discount Dining Nights Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays happen and are quite popular, featuring a three course meal deal soup or house salad, entrée and dessert that's available from 6pm-10pm. Drink specials are available for enjoyment from 5pm to close and will keep you deliciously happy. Enjoy Caribbean cuisine classics with some American dishes done up in their own style. Show up in your dancing shoes, as salsa lessons and dancing are a staple here as well and certainly a part of the fun.

Recommended for Salsa Clubs because: Where else in the city can you combine great Caribbean food with a night of drinking, dancing and fun entertainment.

Sharon's expert tip: This venue hosts a variety of dancing nights, so be sure to check out the ones that are of interest to you rand your crowd.

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Philadelphia's Latin dance lovers flock to Brasil's in Old City, an establishment known for its dedication to dancing and celebrating. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a salsa beginner, the Latin tunes at this welcoming nightclub promise to get you moving. For newbies, the club offers salsa lessons on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 9pm that many choose to take advantage of so that they can spend the remainder of the night practicing their newly-obtained or re-polished skills. Brasil's also hosts live bands frequently, and the nightly drink specials cover everything from beer to mixed drinks, making it a great place to spend the night.

Recommended for Salsa Clubs because: Take advantage of a fun and energizing style of music and use your skills right there with friends.

Sharon's expert tip: Be sure to take advantage of the knowledgeable and friendly teachers who can help you learn or brush up on your dancing skills here.

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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
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From spicy salsa tracks to mesmerizing merengue rhythms, the authentic tunes at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar promise to get your hips moving and grooving. Every Friday and Saturday night, this lively club features a DJ spinning Latin music for your enjoyment. The sultry, open-air setting makes Cuba Libre an ideal place to shimmy like the pros before cooling off with a tropical cocktail made from the bar's signature rum. Start the night off with dinner here, and then when the tables are cleared after the last seating, feel free to grab the drink of your choice and lace up those dancing shoes.

Recommended for Salsa Clubs because: A great venue to eat, drink and dance in a charmingly-decorated building makes this a cool date night venue.

Sharon's expert tip: Come experience the full offerings here - from dinner to drinks to all-out fun as the night rolls on.

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Experience one of the best salsa dancing environments in Philly at Tierra Colombiana. On Saturday nights, this club's resident DJ Safari captivates patrons with the sweet sounds of salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton and rock en español, and the monstrous dance floor provides plenty of space for partiers to practice their sensuous steps. Ice-cold beer and Latin cocktails offer a refreshing respite between dances, and the adjoining restaurant impresses with authentic eats. Whether you're interested in dining, drinking or dancing, this well-known establishment offers up the chance to do it and do it well. Bring a friend, a date or a neighbor and let the good times roll.

Recommended for Salsa Clubs because: This venue is a one-stop shop for food, drinks and dancing for folks looking to grab a taste of Latin America.

Sharon's expert tip: For a wonderfully authentic and enjoyable experience, start your night with dinner at the restaurant and then dancing at the club.

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Sharon is a native to the Philadelphia area, but loves to wander from its familiar borders. She has traveled to more than 30 countries, trekked five continents, ventured out with family,...  More About Sharon